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Batman: Arkham Asylum

by Eidos
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
Edition: Standard Edition
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  • Utilize the unique FreeFlow combat system to chain together unlimited combos seamlessly and battle with huge groups of The Joker's henchmen in brutal melee brawls
  • Investigate as Batman, the WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE, by solving intricate puzzles with the help of cutting edge forensic tools including x-ray scanning, fingerprint scans, 'Amido Black' spray and a pheromone tracker
  • Face off against Gotham's greatest villains including The Joker, HARLEY QUINN, VICTOR ZSASZ and KILLER CROC
  • Become the Invisible Predator with Batman's fear takedowns and unique vantage point system to move without being seen and hunt enemies
  • Choose multiple takedown methods, including swooping from the sky and smashing through walls, and use the predator camera get a closer look at the action
  • Explore every inch of Arkham Asylum and roam freely on the infamous island, presented for the first time ever in its gritty and realistic entirety
  • Experience what it's like to be BATMAN using BATARANGS, explosive gel aerosol, The Batclaw, sonar resonator and the line launcher
  • Unlock more secrets by completing hidden challenges in the world and develop and customize equipment by earning experience points
  • Enjoy complete superhero freedom in the environment with the use of Batman's grapple to get to any place you can see, jump from any height and glide in any direction

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard Edition
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  • ASIN: B001PO5NI4
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Release Date: 28 Aug 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,045 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard Edition

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Dark Knight returns in the first game to do him justice in his more than 20 year history in video games. Not based on any specific comic book or movie it takes all the best ideas and visuals from all of Batman's many incarnations to create a unique spin on one of pop culture's greatest icons.

Arkham Asylum becomes the backdrop for Batman's most dangerous challenge
Killer Croc has never looked more imposing or been more dangerous
Batman must discover the deadly secrets behind The Joker's masterplan
Stalk the minor criminals like prey and strike from the dark when they least expect it

The entire game takes place within Arkham Asylum, where The Joker and his allies have overtaken the facility and set a trap for Batman. This is no simplistic beat 'em-up though, with Batman forced to prove his status as the world's greatest detective with a number of complex forensic-style puzzles.

When it does come to combat though you must still use your cunning as much as your fists, as you stalk unaware enemies and distract them with the bodies or screams of their cronies. With believable physics, superb graphics and a serious adult tone this is more than just another superhero tie-in.

Key Features
  • Rogue's gallery: Battle all of Batman's greatest foes, including The Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc.
  • Final Knight: Gain experience from fights and puzzles to improve and add to Batman's abilities via a role-playing game style skill tree that lets you customise the Dark Knight as you see fit.
  • Dynamic duo: Target the most dangerous foes from the shadows with a special takedown move and then move in to stun or attack opponents with the game's intuitive combo system.
  • Detective comics: Batman must use his brain as well as his brawn, with CSI-style puzzles solved by an array of bat-gadgets including a multi-use interactive visor.
  • Animated avenger: An original story written by comic book and Batman: The Animated Series legend Paul Dini -- plus Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker.
About the Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Only found founded in 2004, this London based developer's first game was the well received first person shoot 'em-up Urban Chaos: Riot Response for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Their first game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (and PC) is comic book license Batman: Arkham Asylum.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the hype 8 Sep 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
"I set a trap, and you sprung it gloriously"...And with these words, spoken by a maniacal (and superbly voiced) Joker, begins one of the first ever superhero videogames that actually FEELS like a superhero game.

I won't go too much into the storyline; much of that is everywhere on the internet, and also in these Amazon reader reviews. Rather, I will talk about the many things the game does right, and also the one or two small things it doesn't quite nail.

First and foremost, it must be said that the Batman portrayed in Batman: Arkham Asylum is perhaps one of the best renderings of the iconic hero outside of the comics and graphic novels. Strong-willed, resourceful, forward-thinking, brooding, supercool...everything that makes a good Batman is there, brought to the fore and exploited by the game designers with amazing results. Add to that Kevin Conroy's tone-perfect voice acting, and you have a Batman that stands out in his own right as one of the franchise's finest embodiments of the character.

The same can be said about the lead villain, The Joker. There is something so charismatic, so appealing about this Joker that his cut scenes are an absolute joy to watch...you can't help but be mesmerized at his movements and his crazy laughter. And although the plot is pretty flat and standard madman-hatches-a-crazy-plan fare, this Joker takes the scenario to a new level simply because you believe that this character is, in fact, completely insane in a chillingly calculating way.

Other villains that make their appearances are treated with similar respect.
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great game.... 29 Aug 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
OK so I got this game yesterday and spent till the early hours this morning playing it. I will be honest I was slightly sceptical when purchasing this title on the sole basis that it is a computer game based on a comic book character (Which never usually works), however this one game could have made up for all of the previous comic book character games shortfalls.
The main part of the game focuses on one particular story, the Joker taking over Arkham asylm, however as you progress through the game you meet other well known super villains such as the Scarecrow and Bane. I have played around 8 hours into the main story mode so far and I know that I still have to meet posion Ivy and Killer Croc, as well as beating Harley Quinn and the Joker so the depth of the main stroyline is immense. Add in the additional challenge of solving and finding all 240 of the Riddlers challenge, which in itself is really hard. I can see me replaying through the main mission to batman quite a few times.
As well as the story mode you are also presented with a challenge mode, which gives you the options of beating other people online through score tables. These challenges vary from beating up a select few thugs to a timed challenge being stealthy and taking out goons with guns. If you are quite into trying to top the tables on line this is a great addition to the game itself.
Graphics and sound in the game are fantastic, and sometimes it does present a distinct eerie feel to it when meeting some villans (I dont wanna spoil too much for you).
The gameply itself is certainly original. The only other game I could really compare this to is Metal Gear solid. You do have to think how you can sneak up on bad guys or formulate a plan to take out several people with guns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'It won't hurt you to smile, Bats....' 18 Dec 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard Edition
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Batman: Arkham Asylum is a great game. Speaking as a Batman fan, particularly of the comic books and animated series (two Batman continuites this game is heavily influenced by), this game gets a full 5 stars. Scripted by brilliant Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini, the excellent portrayals of the best villain collection in superhero history are one of the first things you notice about this game. Batman: The Animated Series veteran Mark Hamill (or Luke Skywalker, for all you Star Wars fans) is doing some of the best voicover work of his already celebrated career as the Joker, with the wonderfully comic-booky graphics adding to his gleeful yet menacing performance. Also returning from the animated series are Kevin Conroy as Batman and Arleen Sorkin as the always fantastic Harley Quinn, both giving it their all and nicely bringing their characters to life. The aformentioned graphics and creepy, haunted-house-setting create a detective mystery crime noir feel, but the action scenes also benefit from the gritty atmosphere.

So the game manages to capture your interest right away, with the opening cutscene a great introduction to the place the entire game is set; ancient, eerie nuthouse Arkham Asylum. Batman is delivering the Joker back to his cell, but something isn't right. The Warden has been taken prisoner and it's up to the Caped Crusader to save the Asylum and thwart Joker's plan. The player is thrown right into action, with the first fight allowing you to practice the simple, three-button combat system of Attack, Counter and Stun. Experimenting with different combos and freeflow fighting tactics is fun for a while, but eventually it does get repetitive.
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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard Edition